With the new collective bargaining agreement -- details provided by Danny Knobler here -- free agent compensation will be dramatically changed starting next offseason. This time around, though, there are some players who have had their status changed, which affects draft pick compensation to teams that lose players to free agency.
These five players were slotted as Type A free agents, but will now be considered Type B: Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel, Ramon Hernandez and Darren Oliver.
Teams will not have to offer arbitration to those players in order to receive compensation. And the teams that sign those players will not lose any picks. Under the old system, if one of those five players signed with one of the top 15 teams in the draft, signing that player would cost the new team a second-round pick. If the team was drafting 16-30, it would cost a first-rounder. So, essentially, it just got more attractive to sign one of those five players.
Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodriguez and Josh Willingham are Type A free agents that will be treated as follows, from an MLB press release:
A Club that signs one of (these) six Type A Players shall not forfeit a regular Draft choice to the Player’s former Club. If the Player’s former Club offers the player arbitration, and the Player declines the offer, the former Club shall receive: (a) a draft choice in the same round and immediately prior to the draft choice that the signing Club otherwise would have forfeited, and (b) a compensation round selection.All Type A free agents must be offered arbitration by midnight on November 23, otherwise the club forfeits the rights to compensation. Also, Carlos Beltran and Takashi Saito cannot be offered arbitration.
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